Gun violence in America has reached epic proportions, with a new mass shooting reported almost every couple of months. The cost of America’s obsession with the ‘2nd amendment’ is measured in the blood of thousands of innocent men, women and children, and the rest of the world looks upon America’s primitive gun-loving culture with horror and disgust, as the bodies pile up in graves and hospital beds. At some point you have to ask the question, how many people have to die or be irreparably injured, before we start caring? Below are some of the shocking and saddening gun violence statistics in modern America.
- Every day, 297 people (including 48 children) in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention
- Every day, 89 people (including 7 children) die from gun violence:
- 31 are murdered
- 55 kill themselves
- 2 are killed unintentionally
- 1 is killed by police intervention
- 1 intent unknown.
- Every day, 208 people are shot and survive with severe debilitating wounds:
- 151 shot in an assault
- 10 survive a suicide attempt
- 45 are shot unintentionally
- 2 are shot in a police intervention
The following chart shows the proportion of deaths caused by firearms, as opposed to other weapons:
If we care at all about these tragic statistics, and want to make an impact, we simply have to give up the idea that owning a dangerous firearm is a ‘human right’. You have a right to life, a right to equality and a right to have an abortion, but you simply do not have a right to own a lethal weapon specifically designed to kill another human being. If America wants to be respected by the rest of the world, we need to bring our firearm legislation into the 21st century, and constantly stonewalling any effort to do so with references to an ancient constitutional amendment, simply keeps us stuck in the past. As Americans, we need to open our hearts and minds, and do what is right for our children, and not simply that which conforms to our prejudices. We have to make a decision in this country – is it more important to uphold the bigoted views of our slave-owning forefathers, or is it more important to protect our children from the waves of gun violence that sweep over our country day after day? The choice is yours America.